Graduate School of Education

Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential

The Special Education program at CLU offers course work for three speciality areas:

  • Mild to Moderate (M/M)
  • Moderate to Severe (M/S)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)

All three specialty areas authorize service in grades K-12 and in classes organized primarily for adults through age 22.  Both specialties include authorization for the teaching of students with autism. All teaching programs at Cal Lutheran are CCTC-approved to provide English Learner Authorization.

The CCTC requirements for the Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential are:


Application for Recommendation
Preliminary Credential

Prior to application for recommendation for the credential or certificate, an academic exit must be completed with an adviser.  Call 805-493-3421 to schedule this exit.  If you submit an application and a hold has been placed on your account by the Business Office due to outstanding charges, the application will be returned to you. You may submit an application without final grades posted after May 1st for spring completion, and after December 1st for fall completion.  However, the application will not be processed until eligibility and all grades have been verified.

Preliminary credential application process:

Complete Request for Credential Recommendation.



Submit the application, receipt of $40 CLU application fee, a copy of your signed CPR card, front and back (or other verification of this requirement), and official transcripts for any non-CLU course work to the Graduate School of Education Credentials Office.

Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and keep them for future reference. Click here for more detailed information regarding the credential recommendation application process.



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